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GOP backed anti-abortion bill would require women to buy 'rape insurance'

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A new anti-abortion proposal could become law if "pro-life" activists have their way and the consequences could be disastrous.

Abortion rights have become one of the most important social political issues over the years, but the discussion doesn't just stop there. When it comes to women's health care, the issue also becomes an economic one. According to the Toledo Blade, a "citizen-initiated" anti-abortion bill found its way to the Republican dominated state Legislature on Tuesday. If passed, the bill would completely deny women any access to abortion through their health care provider and would force women to buy a separate plan just to have access an abortion or pay out of pocket the full cost of the procedure.

The bill leaves only one exception, to save a woman's life, but no exceptions would be made in the case of rape or incest. Employers and their employees could buy what is known as a "rider" to cover abortion services, but employers and insurance companies would not be required to offer such a policy. Opponents have labeled the rider "rape insurance."

Anti-abortion activists, including those who were born as a result of a rape, appeared at the state capitol to argue their point, but were countered by Democrats and members of the pro-choice movement.

Last year, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation when the bill didn't make exceptions for rape. Republican state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville believes that there will be some movement on the bill in the next 40 days.

“I would anticipate we’ll have something happen in the next 40 days or so."

If the bill does not advance in the next 40 days, it could go on the state wide ballot next year. Republican leaders are still pondering when they will actually vote on the measure.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released earlier this year, the majority of Americans now support a woman's right to choose an abortion in all or most cases. While many on the far conservative right continue to deny women the right to choose, most Americans aren't buying what they are selling.

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